Master of Arts

The Fall 2022 Cohort is almost full! Please apply as soon as possible to be considered. The cohort is filling early this year! Limited need-based financial assistance is available and considered at the time of application. Students who need a philosophy or religious studies pre-requisite will be given free, just-in-time options over May and/or the summer. Please contact Michael Beard soon for a tour:, 414-858-4655.

Sacred Heart offers a Master of Arts degree via three distinct pathways: Lumen Cordis (Light of the Heart), Cor Unum (One Heart), and Adveniat Regnum Tuum (Your Kingdom Come).


Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology offers three distinct Master of Arts degree paths to meet your particular needs.  Each program provides outstanding opportunities for lay students to enrich their faith lives and their ability to serve God’s Church. Specifically, the SHSST M.A. Program strives to provide a deep exploration of the meaning of the Christian faith in today’s world.


Students in SHSST’s M.A. Program will benefit from the seminary’s outstanding faculty, known for both their excellent teaching and their writing. They have doctorates from Notre Dame, Marquette, Catholic University, and Fordham, and several pontifical universities in Rome. Their work is faithful to Church teaching, while engaging the newest developments in their fields. SHSST is accredited both by The Higher Learning Commission and by the Association of Theological Schools.


Classes take place in a spiritually rich seminary setting, with a diverse resident seminarian population representing five continents. Known for its welcoming spirit, the dynamic learning community at SHSST enriches not only the mind, but the heart. The Eucharist, Adoration and Reconciliation, regular parts of seminary life, are coupled with a commitment to the social teachings of the Church.


As an apostolate of the Priests of the Sacred Heart, U.S. Province, SHSST embodies a missionary zeal built around the order’s devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Lumen Cordis classes take place during the day alongside our seminarians, and are offered in fall, spring and May session semesters.

Cor Unum identifies and develops lay leaders with the courage to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s reconciling love in word and action. Classes take place on Monday evenings from 6:10 -9:00 pm and the second Saturday of every month.

The Adveniat Regnum Tuum pathway is designed for seminarians of the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (SCJ) living abroad who seek to deepen and extend their theological knowledge.

Programs for Lay Men and Women